"BEDINGHAM, 4½ miles N.W. of Bungay, and 11 miles S. by E. of Norwich, has in its parish 316 souls, and 1,148 acres of land. J. W. Gooch, Esq., owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manor, and impropriator of the great tithes. With the approval of the Bishop, he is also patron of the CHURCH, (St. Andrew,) which has a tower, round at the base, and octangular above. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in K.B. at £5, and in 1831 at £150, in the incumbency of the Rev. Thos. Booth, LL.B. It was augmented in 1778, with £200 of Q.A.B., and £200 benefaction, laid out in 14A. of land at Pulham. A new vicarage house was erected in 1844. Woodton and Topcroft were anciently in this parish." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Mike Bristow]


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brooke, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew.

Church History

Church of St Andrew
Description and pictures.
Church of St Andrew
Pictures of the church.
Church of St Andrew
Description, location, services, picture, etc.
Hook, David, and Tricker, Roy
The Hempnall Group of Churches.
Bedingham St Andrew; Fritton St Catherine; Hardwick St Margaret; Hempnall St Margaret; Morningthorpe St John the Baptist; Shelton St Mary; Topcroft St Margaret; Woodton All Saints.
[Hempnall, Hempnall Group of Churches, 1987]

Church Records

Parish Register Transcripts
Baptisms 1813-1880
Marriages 1561-1812
See Phillimore's Marriage Registers, Volume 4.
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Bedingham was in Loddon and Clavering Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Latham, Margaret; and Clarke, Fiona
Bedingham Millennium Book.
[Bedingham, Bedingham Parish Meeting, 1999]
Bedingham Smock Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel




Historical Geography

Bedingham is in Loddon Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Loddon Hundred
Description of Loddon Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Bedingham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Land and Property

Great Britain: Statute
Bedingham Inclosure Act, 1841.
An act for inclosing lands in the parish of Bedingham in the county of Norfolk: 21st June 1841.
[London, George Edward Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, 1841]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM286934 (Lat/Lon: 52.49062, 1.36591), Bedingham which are provided by:


Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.



These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1801 39 52 293
1811 61 61 318
1821 49 64 343
1831 49 85 380
1841 71 -- 316
1851 69 -- 335
Year   Inhabited
Families Population
1861 64 -- 288
1871 72 72 309
1881 63 68 293
1891 66 66 288
1901 56 56 236
1911 -- 58 245

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1861 Census
"The decrease of population in the parishes of Broome, Woodton, Bedingham, and Topcroft is attributed partly to emigration, and partly to the removal of young men, for more remunerative employment, to towns."
1901 Census
"Including Bedingham Green, Cobbler's Green, and Upgate Street."